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Board of Trustees

NSBA is a uniquely member-driven organization, led by small-business owners from across the country who are extremely active in small-business issues locally, regionally and nationally.

 NSBA Executive Leadership

Pedro Alfonso, Chair

Dynamic Concepts, Inc. | Washington, D.C.

Dynamic Concepts, Inc., is a telecommunications firm that provides technical and management support services in Network Cabling Infrastructure, IT Support, Operations and Maintenance, and Wireless Communications to corporate/commercial, federal and local government entities.

Small Business is not only a key driver of the American economy, but it is also making America competitive in the world market.”

Cynthia Kay, First Vice Chair

Cynthia Kay and Company Media Production | Grand Rapids, Michigan

CK and CO is a media production and communication consulting company that provides a broad range of services to companies from the Fortune 100 to small business.

“When owners get active on small-business issues we do more than just further our own interests, we help make the dialogue richer and the solutions more viable for all businesses.”

C. Cookie Driscoll, Immediate Past Chair

C. Cookie Driscoll, Inc. | Fairfield, Pennsylvania

C. Cookie Driscoll, Inc. is known as the creator and distributor of Cookie’s Distinct Window Art along with other fun gifty products as well as being a full line distributor of promotional products.

“Nobody has the time to do the work that we do at NSBA, but it’s critical to the survival of small business in this country to stay informed and be involved.”

Michael Stanek, Secretary

Hunt Imaging, LLC | Berea, Ohio

Hunt Imaging is a manufacturer of both dry and liquid electrostatic toners and developers for the printing industry, with facilities in Berea, Ohio and Temse, Belgium.

“It is imperative that we as small-business leaders take the time and put forth the effort to maintain contact with our elected officials and advocate on behalf of all small businesses so as to effect positive outcomes for the future of our companies as well as our country.”

Marc Amato, Treasurer

WALCO | Providence, Rhode Island

Walco is an industrial services and automation engineering company serving locomotive, rail transportation, power generation and large manufacturing companies from New England thru the mid Atlantic region.

“Small businesses need NSBA to represent and defend them against regulations and policies that restrict their aility to be competitive both nationally and in the world market.”

Sharon Toerek, Vice Chair for Advocacy

Toerek Law
| Cleveland, Ohio

Sharon Toerek focuses on intellectual property law for clients in the advertising, marketing and creative services industries nationwide, and provides legal counsel on issues faced by those industries including copyright and content protection, licensing of creative content, trademark and brand protection matters, and social media law.

NSBA is at the forefront of advocating for the interests of the most critical segment of our nation’s economy – small business. Being a part of the NSBA leadership team enables me to make a contribution to that work for the benefit of my business and that of most of my Firm’s clients, and keeps me informed about the policy issues that matter to small business.”

Robert Trieber, Vice Chair for Communications

Boston Engineering Corporation | Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Engineering improves the way that people work and live through innovative product design and novel engineering.

“NSBA unifies our nation’s small businesses into a single, powerful, and clear voice which helps guide our leaders in Washington.”

Todd McCracken, President and CEO

National Small Business Association | Washington, D.C.

NSBA is the nation’s first small-business advocvacy organization, celebrating 80 years.

“Representing every industry in every state in the country, NSBA is a uniquely member-driven organization, giving a powerful voice to America’s small-business community.”

 NSBA Board of Trustees 

Denise Burgess

Burgess Services, LLC | Denver, Colorado

A Denver based Construction Management, Quality Assurance/ Quality Control, Commissioning and Value Engineering firm.

“I am proud to be part of NSBA, to be a representative for small business, collectively the largest employer in the United States.”

Gary Brand

Brand Ferland Advisors | Savannah, Georgia

Founded in 1986, Brand Ferland Advisors is a business development firm which helps established enterprises solve critical business issues.

“It is important to be politically active in order to help government officials understand the perspective of business owners to avoid unintended consequences from potentially uninformed laws or regulation. NSBA serves as the bridge between Washington and small business owners.”

Jeff Koenig

Open 4 Business | Manhattan, Kansas

Open 4 Business focuses primarily on micro-business profitability, businesses with fewer than 50 employees, and the effectiveness of their related trade and industry associations.

“By contributing to the effectiveness of the NSBA’s programs and governance, I work to enhance future opportunities for all small businesses to thrive into the future.”

ML Mackey, Economic Development Committee Chair

Beacon Interactive Systems | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Beacon Interactive Systems provides customers with strategic solutions that deliver equally on both business process management and innovative technological capabilities.

“NSBA has a reputation for being a pragmatic, thoughtful and nonpartisan organization. It provides a meaningful collaborative, educational and advocacy experience.”

Larry Nannis

Consultant to Entrepreneurs | Framingham, Massachusetts

I provide the financial infrastructure to your entrepreneurial activities.

“The ability to provide nonpartisan direction to the Legislative and Executive Branch is the value-add that NSBA has as an advocacy organization.”

Peter Pratt

Public Sector Consultants | Lansing, Michigan

PSC is a Lansing-based public policy research and consulting firm that works with a wide range of public and private sector clients to help them achieve innovative solutions to the problems they face.

“NSBA will provide value by helping my firm understand and respond effectively to a variety of policy issues that affect our business and all small businesses.”

Elliott Richardson

Small Business Advocacy Council | Chicago, Illinois

The SBAC is a non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, support services and educational programs.

“The Small Business Advocacy Council is excited to partner with the NSBA on initiatives that empower the small business community and legislation to level the playing field for small business owners and entrepreneurs.”

Tom Secor

Durable Corporation | Norwalk, Ohio

Durable Corporation is a small manufacturer started in 1923 which has expanded to include both manufacturing and a master distributor of complimentary items.

“While it would be great if we could just run our businesses, the reality is that, without an understanding of the governmental regulatory environment, you can be put out of business.”

Robert Shea

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. | Boston, Massachusetts

Ogletree Deakins is a law firm focused on meeting the labor and employment law needs of businesses throughout the United States.

“NSBA provides millions of individual entrepreneurs/business owners a unified and powerful voice on the major issues facing small businesses in America.”

Rick Snow, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Committee Chair

Main Indoor Karting | Scarborough, Maine

Who secretly doesn’t want to be a race car driver? You can be, at M.I.K.! Equally suitable for family fun, corporate outings, and parties for all ages, discover why travelers visit us year after year. Our indoor facility is equipped with high-speed go-karts and open year round for a real race experience!

“Through NSBA I’ve been introduced to national audience’s on TV and Radio news broadcasts showcasing the impact decisions in Washington have had on my business in Maine.  The staff are a big help for me when I have a question or need to contact my delegation in Congress or the White House.”

Michael Stanek

Hunt Imaging, LLC | Berea, Ohio

Hunt Imaging is a manufacturer of both dry and liquid electrostatic toners and developers for the printing industry, with facilities in Berea, Ohio and Temse, Belgium.

“It is imperative that we as small-business leaders take the time and put forth the effort to maintain contact with our elected officials and advocate on behalf of all small businesses so as to effect positive outcomes for the future of our companies as well as our country.”

Jeff Wasden, Taxation Committee Chair

Colorado Business Roundtable | Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT) is a prominent advocate for proactive, pro-business legislation that strengthens the economy and allows businesses to grow and thrive in Colorado and the region.

“Being a part of NSBA has been incredibly valuable: relevant, timely information; direct advocacy in Washington DC; a strong, pro-business organization willing to stand up for business; and a fantastic network of amazing entrepreneurs, risk takers, job creators and business, community leaders.”


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